MARKETING THE MARKETS

Pissarro’s representations of rural food markets can be understood as a metaphor for his own marketing of art. In the late nineteenth century, works of art were typically associated with luxury and leisure, commodities accessible only to the wealthy. Pissarro and other left-wing artists held a different view: the very life of the artist was a liberation from the bourgeois preoccupation with money or capital. Artists could live simply and produce art that could decorate and enhance ordinary life. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Pissarro painted relatively few of these scenes in oil on canvas, his most expensive medium. Small gouaches, finished drawings, and—above all—prints were much more affordable and thus found a wider and more diverse clientele.

"Marketplace in Pontoise," 1886. Graphite and pen and black-gummed ink on buff wove paper, 6 5/8 x 5 in. (16.8 x 12.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Robert Lehman Collection, 1975, 1975.1.679. [© The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource, NY]
Along the deep red roads between the orange gardens http://www.ascstevenspoint.com/cialis/ which lead from asuncion towards the recoleta on campo grande, he used to take his way accompanied by indians crowned with flowers, giving his benediction as he passed, to turn away (according to himself) the plague, and to insure a fertile harvest.